In which Flamingo Dancer realises that even fast learners can be slow to learn, sometimes.


In bed, due to another bout of diverticulitis, I clicked onto a blog I follow and was introduced to the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kendo.

Hello, epiphany!

Yes, indeed the little grey cell lit up like a firefly. I have always considered myself a fast learner; prided myself on being a fast learner, but it has taken me a life time to realise that a slow, quiet regard for clutter cuts the strings of guilt when disposing of “stuff”.

Have you ever stood there, that white blouse that is still in great condition but no longer a favourite, textbook published in 1984, or ugly Christmas gift in hand and wavered in your decision to cast it from your life? I have, right to this very day.

Well, that was until I read Marie Kendo’s book and realised that a mix of gratitude, for and to, the clutter; feng shui and a zen state of mind releases any indecision or guilt. Thank the item for its service, for helping to bring you to this point in time, and then send it on its way. Hallelujah!

It’s only a short book, about 235 ebook pages with a long index at the back of the book, so it only took me a couple of hours to read. At the end of the reading I had to hobble from bed and find a garbage bag to stuff some clothes into; clothes that had survived two or three recent “declutterings”. Out went a couple of things I kept because a daughter gave handed them onto me, and the I might get something to go with that brown skirt that was really not a favourite anymore. Into the bag, thanks for the service and here’s to the future.

I am a born again declutterer. A guilt free declutterer. I have my resolution for 2015!


7 thoughts on “In which Flamingo Dancer realises that even fast learners can be slow to learn, sometimes.

  1. I’m stuck in the mindset of not wanting to throw things away because most of the stuff I have is in very good condition, so someone else could use it. But no one else can use it if it’s still inside my house! My issue is more about laziness – not wanting to deal with the sorting and transporting… and inevitable, “oh, I love that – I might want it 1,000,000 years from now – I better store again.” Though I’m much better about letting things go these days. I went through some financial bad years and am finally coming to see that I be okay for awhile… things can go because things can be replaced.

    Now I also need to accept that my gastric surgery was not a miracle pill and I’m not going to reach my size 12 goal soon (if ever) and it’s OKAY to donate all that brand-new-with-tag sizes 16 & 14 clothing to charities, so someone can get some use from it!


  2. I have added this to my reading list. I *need* to read this book. I have a closet full of crap that I’ve never liked/can’t wear anymore/is out of style…
    I even have stuff I bagged up to get rid of that is still sitting there!


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